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I feel lonely and isolated

Feelings of loneliness and isolation can seem impossible to overcome, but recognising you’re experiencing them is an important first step.

A lack of social opportunity, a change in circumstance or living with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression can all lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Loneliness and isolation can affect people of any age, but is especially common in older people. Learn more

While loneliness and isolation aren’t classed as mental health conditions, they are closely related to mental health wellbeing.

What to do

Tackling loneliness and isolation involves making a change. Creating new connections, doing new activities or entering new social situations can help you break out of negative patterns of thought.

There are specific resources for older people to help you tackle loneliness, including ways to help you make friends and get out of the house. Learn more

Loneliness and isolation aren’t mental health conditions, but there may be support available from the health service, including some talking therapies. You will need to speak to your GP to see what’s available.

If you are in crisis call 111 or visit our 'I need help now' page or contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org.